Soo Seok joined Beasley Allen in 2009 as a lawyer in the Mass Torts section. Since then has been involved in various defective drug and medical device cases including Fosamax, Yaz, ASR and Pinnacle. In recent years, Soo Seok has been primarily working on Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) cases.
Soo Seok was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated with meritorious commendation from a pioneering Christian university called Handong Global University where he double majored in political science and English. After graduation, he joined the Korean Air Force and served as an intelligence officer in the Korean Combat Operations Intelligence Center (K-COIC) at the Osan Air Base and worked with the U.S. 7th Air Force to analyze North Korea’s military activities.
Before entering law school, Soo Soek had a brief stint at an international clothing company, where he was in charge of managing the manufacture of Liz Claiborne products. He then worked for the Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI), an educational policy research institute under the Office of the Prime Minister.
Soo Seok graduated cum laude from Handong International Law School (HILS), a Christian law school that teaches U.S. common law in English, also located in South Korea. He was the Lead Articles and Acquisitions Editor for the Regent International Law Journal, which was published in cooperation with HILS, and was selected to represent the school’s moot court team in the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
Interested in human rights issues, especially those involving North Korea, Soo Seok was involved in a project commissioned by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Serving as the interview team leader, he and his team successfully located and interviewed a number of North Korean defectors. They were able to collect valuable accounts about North Korea’s heinous political prisoner camps. Soo Seok was involved in writing the first draft and analysis for the USCIRF report, which later came out as a publication titled A Prison Without Bars in 2008. Soo Seok’s interest in human rights issues was the reason he became a lawyer.
Active in serving various student organizations, Soo Seok was awarded the Judge Richard S. Arnold Christian Leadership Award and the Nehemiah Exemplary Christian Leadership Award. More importantly, he met his wife Doh Ah Kim, a fellow classmate.
Soo Seok first came to the U.S. as part of the U.S. Congress-Korea National Assembly Exchange Program. He served as a Congressional Intern in 2006. Later, he came to Montgomery and interned for Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker. Soo Seok and his wife passed the Alabama Bar Examination in 2008 and became the first Korean lawyers in Alabama. Soo Seok pursued his LL.M. degree in intellectual property law at the George Washington University Law School. His thesis, “Contributory Liability of Trademark Infringement: From Flea Market to Online Market Place,” was later published in the Intellectual Property & Information Law Review in Korea.
Soo Seok says he enjoys working at Beasley Allen because he is surrounded by so many lawyers and staff who are not only excellent in their legal skills, but also, more importantly, who honor God and truly care for people. Soo Seok told me that he believes that life is a gift from God and that it’s important to follow the purpose God has given. He added that requires faith. He and his family felt that God was leading them to Alabama, and named their first child born in Montgomery, Abraham, remembering Abraham’s faith journey found in the Bible.
Soo Seok feels a strong responsibility to serve as a bridge between the American and Korean communities in Montgomery. He is a deacon and choir member at First Baptist Church of Montgomery and is also involved in the Korean American Association of Montgomery, serving his third term as Deputy Executive Director. He was given two commendation awards by the Federation of Korean Associations of Southeast USA in 2011 and 2012.
Soo Seok enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He and his wife Doh Ah have three children, Yookyum Abraham, Yoojin Johanna, and Yooha Elijah. He is a valuable part of the firm. We are blessed to have Soo Seok with us.
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